Glasgow Airport Movements 2015
This is a pictorial round-up featuring some of the aircraft that visited Glasgow International Airport between 1-30 April 2015.
Movements of interest during this period, which I didn`t manage to capture on camera, included Challenger 605 EI-WFI and Cessna 550B Citation II Bravo G-FIRM (3rd);
Fokker 70/100 PH-KZB KLM Cityhopper, Boeing 737-8K2W PH-HSF Transavia, the latter being a first-time visitor arriving in the evening for a night-stop, and Sikorsky S-92A G-MCGF HM Coastguard `Rescue 951` (4th); S-92A G-MCGA `Rescue 948`HMCG, Boeing 767-36N(ER) G-POWD Titan (5th); Cessna 525B CitationJet G-YEDC plus first-time visitors Airbus A320-214 TC-FHB Freebird and Do328/C-146A 07-3091 call-sign `RCH1048` (7th).
Beech 200 Kingair M-WATJ (9th); Network Rail`s Aerospatiale AS355 Twin Squirrel G-NETR, Cessna 550B Citation Bravo G-YPRS, Dutch Falcon 900EX PH-LAU, BAE146-RJ70 LZ-TIM Bulgaria Air, Boeing 767-35D(ER) EC-LZO Privilege Style (10th); Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain G-IFIT, Boeing 747 G-VROY Virgin Atlantic (11th); Embraer 505 CS-PHE, Cessna 560XLS D-CAWM, B747-41R G-VROC Virgin 1st visit (12th); Gulfstream 4SP N478GS (13th); Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global 6000 EC-LTF, BAe146-2 G-RAJJ and SA365 Dauphin G-CGGD (14th); Boeing 737-8KNW A6-FEW Flydubai, Beech 90GTi M-TSRI, Piper PA-24 Comanche N218SA (15th). N515TC Learjet 25G and Bombardier Challenger CL350 9H-VCA VistaJet (16th).
Nothing too exciting during the second half of the month with the highlight probably being the Saudi-registered Challenger 604 HZ-MEJ1 (right) present 18-20th April. Air Malta Airbus A319-111 9H-EAH on the 28th acted as a reminder of the marked increase in the volume and variety of airline traffic once the summer season kicks in.
Challenger 350 9H-VCA, Cirrus SR-22 G-OPSS, SOCATA TBM 900 N473JK (18th); Dassault Falcon 900B G-FLCN (19th); Gulfstream 4SP N478GS (20th); B737-8W PH-BXA KLM Retro colours (21st); Cessna 560XLS D-CAHO, Agusta A109S Grand G-SKBL (23rd); Boeing 747-4 G-VAST Virgin Atlantic (24th). Challenger CL350 CS-CHA on delivery to NetJets Europe (25th); Cessna 560XLS G-CHUI (26th); Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 D-CHIC (27th); Bombardier Challenger 604 G-RCAV (29th).
On Thursday 9 April, I was en route to Renfrew to catch a few of the Joint Warrior Minehunters arriving in the city to give their crews some shore time before heading for the exercise area the following Sunday. A Ryanair 737 conveniently flew into shot as ORP Mewa (623) of the Polish Navy sailed past Yoker.
This warship is one of twelve Project 206F-class Mine Countermeasures Vessels (MCMVs) built at the Komuny Paryskiej Shipyard in Gdynia in the mid-1960s as coastal mine-sweepers for the Polish Navy.
During the period when Poland formed part of the the Warsaw Pact, Mewa and her sisters were allocated the NATO codename `Krogulec`-class.
Most were decommissioned by the early 1990s, although three, including Mewa, were modernised around 2000 and remain in service as minehunters with the 9th Coastal Defence Squadron at Hel. Following the upgrade, their designation was changed to Project 206FM, the added `M` signifying Modernised.
Military aircraft calling in at Glasgow during April, some of which may have been connected with Exercise Joint Warrior 15-1, were Aerospatiale SA.316B Alouette III M-3 Belgian Navy (18th); C-130H Hercules 85-1368 USAF - arrived 1510hrs and was on the ground for around 2 hours (18th); Sea King HU.5 XV673 (27) and AS-365N-2 Dauphin 2 ZJ164, both Royal Navy (23rd).
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G-DBCB is one of nine British Airways A319s repainted in a `dove livery ` to mark the London 2012 Olympics. The chosen design, by Brighton-based designer Pascal Anson, was the result of a contest run by the company with the aim of promoting British talent in the run up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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On Tuesday 14 April, a pair of EH101 Merlin HM.1 helicopters called in at Glasgow International. They were two of five RN choppers which had been flying from Prestwick over the previous couple of days. Their callsigns were `Pinewood One`, ZJ994 (AC) and `Pinewood Two`, ZJ998 (AE). Their presence was connected with the first of 2015`s twice-yearly Joint Warrior military exercises.
I managed to get this distant shot of the second Merlin with my compact camera just before it took off from runway 23.